Known as the Queen of Pop, there are few icons quite so recognizable in the music industry as Madonna. After an undeniably successful career peak in the 1980s, the star has remained relevant and influential for decades, but she has also stirred up controversy and concerns. Despite the dust-ups, she has a devoted following of fans who are hungry for every tidbit they can get about her personal life and habits, including the interesting fact that she doesn’t go to bed until 4am.

One relatively straightforward fact about the pop star had an interviewer questioning the answer, so just how tall is Madonna?

Madonna has had an iconic music career

Madonna’s origin story is a bit disputed. She said that she bravely came to New York with $35 in her pocket and nothing more, but her brother — who published a tell-all book based on his proximity to his famous sister — suggests that’s not quite true. She did defy their father by dropping out of college to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer in New York City, but she did so with a network of friends in the Big Apple and a wealthy upper-middle-class background to give her a boost.

Whatever the case, there’s no denying that the star found her footing. As reports, she was used to toughing it on her own because Madonna lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just five years old. “I think the biggest reason I was able to express myself and not be intimidated was by not having a mother,” Madonna once explained.

After arriving in New York City in 1978, Madonna worked odd jobs — including nude art modeling — and pursued her dance career. After she began dating Dan Gilroy — a founding member of the band Breakfast Club — she got into music and performing, and she formed several bands before going solo in 1981. By 1983, she had used her bold personality and business savvy to get a record deal and release Madonna.

From that moment on, Madonna has been a fashion icon, a pop music staple, and a bonafide superstar.

Madonna pointed to her “powerful” presence that gave the illusion of height

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Madonna has had an impressive stage presence over the years, frequently touring and releasing new music. As All Music‘s discography shows, she’s had a consistent presence with album releases stretching from 1983 to 2019.

The press has had plenty of reasons to keep up with Madonna. Her high-profile marriage to Sean Penn and their subsequent divorce, for instance, gave the Chicago Tribune a reason to interview her in 1987. During that piece, Madonna’s height came up.

“I`m 5-foot-4 1/2,” the singer responded. The interviewer suggested she looked a lot taller when she was on stage, and Madonna quipped, “That means I was coming across as powerful.”

Celeb Heights — yes there’s a celebrity tracking site for everything — lists her current height as 5’3″, and it would make sense that the pop star would have lost a bit from her peak height since she is now 63 years old.

What’s Madonna up to recently?

While Madonna’s career has been marked by professional success, it’s also been punctuated by controversy and conflict. She’s had plenty of spats and feuds as well as behavior that has had her labeled a real “diva” in the music industry.

Recent behavior, though, seems less diva-ish and more . . . confusing? Fans have been asking questions since Madonna posted a perplexing TikTok in which she appears with her face close to the screen as her song “Frozen” plays in the background. She moves the camera closer and farther from her face, makes a slow kissing movement, and then cuts off without ever saying anything. Fans voiced feelings of concern and disturbance at the video.

That odd interaction aside, Madonna has remained a relevant cultural icon, and points to a new album release expected in June 2022. The 16-track FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE will feature curated remixes of some of her favorite dance hits.

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